Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington from Middleton was serving with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
The Ministry of Defence say the father of one was shot in a "non combat incident".
His family are at Brize Norton for his repatriation.
More top news
Firefighters have brought a moorland fire at Winter Hill near Bolton under full control.
Water firm bosses have been criticised for "lining shareholder pockets" at the expense of fixing leaks as the summer's first hosepipe ban.
A report commissioned by the Government has found 1 in 4 homes rented from private landlords are unfit to live in.